Democratization in. Eastern Europe: A viable model for the Middle East?

Kurtoglu-Eskisar G. M.

ROMANIAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE, vol.8, no.1, pp.25-35, 2008 (SSCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 8 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, International Bibliography of Social Sciences, Central & Eastern European Academic Source (CEEAS), Political Science Complete, vLex
  • Page Numbers: pp.25-35
  • Keywords: Democratization, Eastern Europe, Middle East, MENA, islamization, terrorism, DEMOCRACY, ISLAM, CONFLICT
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


Almost a decade before the end of the 20th century, most parts of Eastern Europe were still under the communist rule and, with a few exceptions, the Middle East was checker squared with varying degrees of authoritarianism. Almost a decade into the 21st century and many East European countries are now regarded as democracies. The Middle East, however, continues to be dominated by authoritarian regimes. This study outlines some of the factors that can help to explain this contrasting outcome in a comparative framework.